The American White Pelican is a huge white bird with a nine-foot wingspan and an enormous orange bill. They are one of the largest of the boreal birds. They can weigh as much as 30 pounds and their wing spans can exceed nine feet.
Their bill can hold 3 gallons of water, and after the fish have been caught the bill is pointed downward allowing the water to drain, and then the bill is raised and the bird swallows. During flight, the White Pelican's long neck is folded back on its body, and its black primaries and outer secondaries contrast prominently with the rest of the wing.